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Top 100 Graphic Novels: December 2010
Fables

A world where the characters of myth and legend meet the real world in which we inhabit is the subject of Bill Willingham's best-selling series Fables for DC Comics' Vertigo imprint, and the latest collected volume in the series, Fables Volume 14: Witches, was the best-selling Graphic Novel in December to comics specialty retailers.

In total, DC Comics had six of the top ten best-selling graphic novels for the month. J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis' Superman: Earth One hardcover graphic novel, which was October's top-selling graphic novel, continued to rank in the top ten as the number two book for December. Brightest Day Volume 1, the first collected edition of the follow-up series to the best-selling Blackest Night crossover, ranked #4. The final volume of Warren Ellis and John Cassaday's fan-favorite Planetary series for Wildstorm, Planetary Book 4: Spacetime Archaeology, ranked #5. Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth Volume 2: In Captivity from the Vertigo imprint ranked #8. Finally, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's examination of Clark Kent's early years and his debut as Superman, Superman: Secret Origin Deluxe, ranked #10.

Image Comics' The Walking Dead continued its undead rampage as three volumes of Robert Kirkman's zombie epic ranked in the top ten. The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye, the basis for The Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont's television adaptation of The Walking Dead for AMC, was Image Comics' top book for December, ranking #3 for the month (and #1 for the year overall). The latest volume of the series, The Walking Dead Volume 13: Too Far Gone, ranked #6, and The Walking Dead Voluem 2: In Captivity, ranked #7.

Dark Horse Comics had one book in the top ten in December — Star Wars: The Clone Wars Volume 6: The Deadly Hands of Shon Ju, a young readers graphic novel based on the hit Cartoon Network series.

Among other Premier Publishers, IDW Publishing's Classic G.I. Joe Volume 10, which reprinted classic G.I. Joe comics originally published by Marvel Comics in the 1980s, was the publisher's top book at #47 for the month. Marvel Comics' top book for December, Uncanny X-Men: Birth of Generation Hope, which followed up on their recent Second Coming event, rnaked #17 for the month.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in December 2010

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 18.99 SEP100304 FABLES TP VOL 14 WITCHES (MR) $17.99 DC 
2 3 11.90 JUN100127 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC $19.99 DC 
3 18 10.13 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
4 2 8.28 AUG100197 BRIGHTEST DAY HC VOL 01 $29.99 DC 
5 5 8.28 SEP100285 PLANETARY TP BOOK 04 SPACETIME ARCHAEOLOGY $17.99 DC 
6 23 6.09 SEP100413 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 IMA
7 24 5.97 SEP088204-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
8 29 5.94 SEP100317 SWEET TOOTH TP VOL 02 IN CAPTIVITY (MR) $12.99 DC 
9 59 5.53 AUG100017 STAR WARS CLONE WARS YR TP VOL 06 DEADLY HANDS OF SHON JU $7.99 DAR
10 4 5.49 AUG100209 SUPERMAN SECRET ORIGIN DELUXE HC $29.99 DC 
11 19 4.85 OCT100869 IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 05 $16.99 BOO
12 27 4.75 SEP100096 STAR WARS LEGACY TP VOL 10 EXTREMES $15.99 DAR
13 22 4.69 AUG100198 BATMAN THE WIDENING GYRE HC VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
14 61 4.17 SEP101167 BLEACH TP VOL 33 $9.99 VIZ
15 9 3.89 SEP100054 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER TALES HC $29.99 DAR
16 43 3.87 NOV082245-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
17 42 3.64 OCT100694 UNCANNY X-MEN TP BIRTH OF GENERATION HOPE $16.99 MAR
18 49 3.55 SEP100256 SUPERMAN BATMAN BIG NOISE TP $14.99 DC 
19 10 3.54 OCT100709 X-NECROSHA TP $34.99 MAR
20 34 3.52 OCT100680 X-FORCE SEX AND VIOLENCE HC $19.99 MAR
21 30 3.51 OCT100866 INCORRUPTIBLE TP VOL 03 (MR) $16.99 BOO
22 33 3.47 JUN100020 CHRONICLES OF CONAN TP VOL 20 NIGHT OF WOLF $18.99 DAR
23 64 3.36 OCT101209 YOTSUBA & ! GN VOL 09 $10.99 HAC
24 53 3.29 SEP100245 BATMAN DEAD TO RIGHTS TP $14.99 DC 
25 132 3.24 OCT100786 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 14 $7.95 ARC
26 66 3.21 AUG100048 GUILD TP VOL 01 $12.99 DAR
27 38 3.18 SEP100247 BATGIRL THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD TP $19.99 DC 
28 8 3.17 AUG100271 PREACHER HC BOOK 03 (MR) $39.99 DC 
29 54 3.10 APR100438 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 IMA
30 55 3.07 SEP088206-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
31 60 3.06 SEP100249 BATMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 10 $14.99 DC 
32 45 2.91 SEP100255 SHOWCASE PRESENTS OUR ARMY AT WAR TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
33 62 2.88 SEP088205-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
34 76 2.81 SEP100251 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA AXIS OF EVIL TP $14.99 DC 
35 21 2.75 JUN100415 HACK SLASH OMNIBUS TP VOL 03 (IMAGE ED) $34.99 IMA
36 48 2.72 OCT100708 DEADPOOL TEAM-UP TP VOL 01 GOOD BUDDIES $19.99 MAR
37 126 2.65 SEP101179 VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 11 $9.99 VIZ
38 71 2.64 SEP088207-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (MR) $14.99 IMA
39 6 2.64 JUL100912 VAMPIRELLA ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 $49.99 DYN
40 93 2.62 FEB108442-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
41 80 2.62 SEP100104 AXE COP TP VOL 01 $14.99 DAR
42 77 2.60 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
43 79 2.59 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
44 51 2.55 AUG100242 TWO STEP TP (MR) $19.99 DC 
45 82 2.51 SEP100119 JOHN CARTER OF MARS WEIRD WORLDS TP $14.99 DAR
46 75 2.49 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
47 35 2.48 OCT100384 CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 10 $24.99 IDW
48 26 2.44 JUL108203-M WALKING DEAD HC VOL 01 (MR) $34.99 IMA
49 90 2.39 JUL101202 TALES FROM WONDERLAND TP VOL 03 $12.99 ZEN
50 39 2.38 AUG100018 STAR WARS OMNIBUS TP QUINLAN VOS JEDI IN DARKNESS $24.99 DAR
51 50 2.37 OCT100418 MYSTERY SOCIETY TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
52 58 2.34 SEP100259 TALES OF THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS TP VOL 03 $19.99 DC 
53 7 2.28 JUN100650-M MMW GOLDEN AGE MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 05 $59.99 MAR
54 85 2.28 SEP100736 TWISTED TOYFARE THEATRE TP VOL 11 $12.99 WIZ
55 96 2.28 OCT100696 SIEGE TP AVENGERS INITIATIVE $15.99 MAR
56 103 2.25 SEP088208 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
57 110 2.23 OCT100690 THOR MIGHTY AVENGER GN TP VOL 01 GOD WHO FELL INTO EARTH $14.99 MAR
58 113 2.23 MAR101163 DARKSTALKERS TP VOL 02 NIGHT WARRIORS $12.99 UDO
59 100 2.22 OCT100697 SIEGE TP THUNDERBOLTS $15.99 MAR
60 13 2.22 JUN100652-M MMW DEFENDERS HC VOL 02 $54.99 MAR
61 70 2.20 OCT100682 MARVEL UNIVERSE VS PUNISHER HC $19.99 MAR
62 14 2.20 JUL100664-M MMW MARVEL TEAM-UP HC VOL 01 $54.99 MAR
63 84 2.19 SEP100252 HITMAN TP VOL 03 LOCAL HEROES $17.99 DC 
64 73 2.16 OCT100683 CAPTAIN AMERICA PREM HC NO ESCAPE $19.99 MAR
65 160 2.15 SEP101169 ROSARIO VAMPIRE SEASON II TP VOL 03 $9.99 VIZ
66 31 2.14 OCT100928 VAMPIRELLA ART OF HC $29.99 DYN
67 114 2.12 SEP100258 TEEN TITANS RAVAGER FRESH HELL TP $14.99 DC 
68 106 2.11 FEB082136 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 IMA
69 65 2.10 AUG100023 MAGNUS ARCHIVES TP VOL 01 $19.99 DAR
70 128 2.05 FEB108443-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 02 VS THE WORLD $11.99 ONI
71 95 2.04 SEP100248 BOOSTER GOLD THE TOMORROW MEMORY TP $17.99 DC 
72 175 2.03 AUG100057 NGE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT TP VOL 07 $9.99 DAR
73 116 2.02 SEP101152 STREET FIGHTER GAIDEN TP VOL 01 $12.95 UDO
74 97 2.00 SEP101153 STREET FIGHTER LEGENDS IBUKI TP VOL 03 $14.99 UDO
75 125 1.99 OCT100706 VENGEANCE OF MOON KNIGHT TP VOL 02 KILLED NOT DEAD $14.99 MAR
76 12 1.98 MAR092419 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 IMA
77 36 1.98 AUG100665 POWERS DEFINITIVE COLLECTION HC VOL 04 (MR) $34.99 MAR
78 162 1.96 OCT101134 HETALIA AXIS POWERS GN VOL 02 (MR) $10.99 TOK
79 88 1.94 OCT100717 SPIDER-MAN TP REAL CLONE SAGA $19.99 MAR
80 32 1.90 JUL101046 MAD WOMAN O/T SACRED HEART HC (MR) $29.95 HUM
81 137 1.89 SEP100699 SPIDER-MAN NOIR TP EYES WITHOUT A FACE GN $14.99 MAR
82 182 1.86 SEP101190 OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB TP VOL 15 $9.99 VIZ
83 108 1.84 MAY100457 ORC STAIN TP VOL 01 (MR) $17.99 IMA
84 63 1.84 JUN100667-M THOR PREM HC IF ASGARD SHOULD PERISH $24.99 MAR
85 46 1.83 MAR100240 BLACKEST NIGHT HC $29.99 DC 
86 291 1.80 APR090583 DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 SECRET INVASION $14.99 MAR
87 101 1.79 SEP100713 INCREDIBLE HERCULES TP NEW PRINCE OF POWER $19.99 MAR
88 123 1.77 AUG100944 VAMPIRELLA MASTERS SERIES TP VOL 02 WARREN ELLIS $14.99 DYN
89 124 1.77 AUG100732 PINOCCHIO VAMPIRE SLAYER GN VOL 02 $14.95 SLA
90 104 1.76 OCT100702 MARVELS TP EYE OF CAMERA $19.99 MAR
91 167 1.76 SEP100275 SUPER FRIENDS HEAD OF THE CLASS TP $12.99 DC 
92 212 1.76 SEP090288 CHEW TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
93 197 1.71 SEP101181 INU YASHA TP VOL 55 $9.99 VIZ
94 89 1.71 OCT100394 TRANSFORMERS ONGOING TP VOL 02 INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT $19.99 IDW
95 74 1.71 OCT100681 DEADPOOL TEAM-UP HC VOL 02 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP $24.99 MAR
96 17 1.71 MAY100187 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT ARCHIVES HC VOL 07 $59.99 DC 
97 118 1.71 JUL100040 SIN CITY NEW MILLER CVR TP VOL 06 BOOZE BROADS BULLETS (MR) $17.00 DAR
98 94 1.70 AUG100439 EMITOWN TP $24.99 IMA
99 149 1.67 OCT100541 MAGDALENA ORIGIN TP VOL 01 $14.99 IMA
100 81 1.66 JUN100665-M X-FORCE PREM HC CABLE & NEW MUTANTS $24.99 MAR

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